Are You Being Served? actor Frank Thornton dies

Frank Thornton, who played Captain Peacock in 'Are You Being Served?', has died at the age of 92.

Sitcom star: Actor Frank Thornton dies at 92 (Credit: Rex)

The actor's agent confirmed that he died peacefully in his sleep on Saturday.

As well as starring in the popular BBC sitcom from 1972 until 1985, Thornton appeared in the sequel 'Grace and Favour' that reunited the original cast in 1992.

More recently he had played Truly in 'Last Of The Summer Wine' and his other comedy credits included the TV series 'Steptoe And Son' and 'Sykes'.

Comedy classic: Frank Thornton (right) in Are You Being Served? (Credit: Rex)

His long career also included roles in many movies which ranged from saucy British movie romps such as 'Carry On Screaming!' and 'No Sex Please, We're British' to Julian Fellowes' Oscar-winning period drama 'Gosford Park'.

His last acting credit was in the poorly received British film 'Run For Your Wife', alongside Richard Briers, who died last month.

Vintage comedy: Frank Thornton was one of the stars of Last Of The Summer Wine (Credit: Rex)

In a statement, his agent David Daly said: "I have been Frank's agent since 1986 and he has been the most wonderful client as well as being a great friend. He will be sorely missed."

Thornton is survived by his wife Beryl, daughter Jane and three grandchildren.

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